A Hymn to the Virgin



A Hymn to the Virgin

Featuring works by Victoria and Poulenc and the first mixed-voice recording of Panufnik’s Song to the Virgin Mary

Meridian Records CDE 84418
Recorded by John Shuttleworth
Producer: Gary Skyrme

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Robert Parsons – Ave Maria
Hans Leo Hassler – Dixit Maria
Tomás Luis de Victoria – Salve Regina à 8
Igor Stravinsky – Ave Maria
Sergei Rachmaninov – Bogoroditsye Dyevo
Francis Poulenc – Litanies à la Vierge Noire; Salve Regina
Andrzej Panufnik – Song to the Virgin Mary
Anton Bruckner – Ave Maria
Benjamin Britten – A Hymn to the Virgin
Herbert Howells – Magnificat (Collegium Regale)


“Well, here is another cracker of a recording. Under the present director, Mark Forkgen, we hear on this recording singing of exquisite control and refinement, especially in the a-cappella pieces. A high spot has to be the Litanies of Poulenc where the choir’s expressive and at times impassioned singing is complemented by the organ accompanying of Peter Barley. The Panufnik Song to the Virgin Mary is a substantial piece which was commissioned for the Lake District Festival in 1964; what a hard opening for the sopranos – such a haunting theme, which is then reworked and harmonised in an increasingly complex manner leading to a huge climax. This piece alone is sure testimony to the abilities of this choir and its director. A fine disc, warmly recommended”.

(Organists' Review)


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